BRITISH INDIA, BENGAL PRESIDENCY: Silver rupee in the name of Shah Alam II, Banaras, AH 1195, RY 23. CHOICE!


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Obverse Legend, including AH year 1195
Reverse Legend, including mint name Muhammadabad Banares, mintmark fish and double regnal years 17 and 23
Date RY 23, AH 1195 (= 1181-82 CE)
Weight 11.10 gm.
Diameter 23 mm.
Die axis 10 o'clock
Reference Pridmore 225, KM 40
Comments The East India Company acquired the mint at Banares from the Raja of Awadh in 1776, soon after the Battle of Plassey. The coins they issued from this mint showed a double regnal year, the fixed RY 17 (the RY of the first British issues) and then the progressive RY until the death of Shah Alam II in his RY 49. A CHOICE specimen!

Note the appearance on this coin of a circle mintmark in place of the leaf sprig on the obverse. Also, note that the leaf sprig that used to be on the reverse next to the second regnal year has also disappeared, never to return in the series.

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